"Dr. Horror's House of Video" is the sixth story in the book More Tales to Give You Goosebumps.
Ben Adams is a horror movie fanatic. When he discovers a video shop in town, he is excited to explore it. Better yet, the shop is called Dr. Horror's House of Video. Ben walks in through the open door and is greeted by Dr. Horror, an elderly man. Dr. Horror says that all of the movies in the shop were directed by him. The narrator explores the store, and he begins watching a film about Lizardman, a lizard monster. Sadly, he has to go home before he can finish watching the film.
The next day, the narrator goes back to the store by himself. The shop appears to be closed, so the protagonist decides to sneak in. The film from the previous day is still playing, so Ben gets to watch the ending. Ben prepares to go, but the door won't open. He is grabbed by a lizard monster. Other monsters appear as well, such as mummies and vampires. Dr. Horror shows up, and the narrator notices that all of the monsters are creatures from Dr. Horror's movies. Dr. Horror offers to let Ben be in the second film about Lizardman, and Ben accepts the offer.
For the film's first scene, Ben is tied up as Lizardman approaches. Ben is impressed by how lifelike all of the monsters appear to be. However, he slowly realizes that the monsters aren't actors in costumes. They are real. Dr. Horror tells Ben, who is still tied up, that the first scene will feature Lizardman feasting.
- The narrator mentions a film called Monsters at Midnight. Coincidentally, this became the title for the first arc of the comic series Goosebumps.
- The title of this story could be an allusion to the 1965 horror-anthology Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.
- The film titled "A Boy and His Werewolf" alludes to the series A Boy and His Dog and the 1975 film of the same name.
References in other Goosebumps media
- A poster for Lizardman 2 can be seen in the mall that the player visits in Goosebumps: The Game.